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the world reacts to the guilty verdict handed down to us whistleblower bradley manning still facing over one hundred years in prison despite being acquitted of aiding the enemy. still no solution in sight the u.s. says a nine month deadline to end the israeli palestinian conflict has restarted talks give a glimmer of hope. and all four on the u.s. secretary of state's plans to visit pakistan in mystery amid a growing anger at american drone strikes.
thanks for joining in this hour i'm lucy coughing up on of course you're watching our t.v. well our top story now u.s. army was lower bradley manning has been found not guilty of aiding the enemy but he could still spend nearly a century and a half in prison the judge had convicted him of twenty out of twenty two counts which could land him behind bars for up to one hundred and thirty six years sentencing will begin later on wednesday and it could be weeks before manning learns his fate or do you andrew blake was at the proceedings. after three years of pretrial detainment and two months of testimony the court martial of private first class bradley manning is finally wrapping up in fort meade maryland starting wednesday the court case will enter its sentencing phase and the government and defense are expected to call upwards of forty witnesses total in order to testify to the merit and intent and motive of private manning now during the last two months of testimony we've heard all sorts of stories about how private manning acted in an off of the battlefield what kind of experience he had as an army
intelligence analyst however not all of those testimonies will be heard by members of the public or the press in fact or more than a dozen of the testimonies that will be entered in the court will be done so under seal those are all classified witnesses whose testimonies could harm national security if they were released earlier this year we heard from manning himself how he did it and why he did it he admitted guilt in releasing more than two hundred fifty thousand state department diplomatic cables one tunnel bay detainee assessment reaves iraq war logs afghan war logs and a number of other classified materials cording to private manning himself when he went to the web site wiki leaks he did so in order to expose the rest of the world to the atrocities that he saw while serving in iraq private manning was held in pretrial detention up until earlier this year having spent more than one thousand one hundred days in the military custody now that the trial approaches a conclusion however manning's fate will. be a little bit less undecided once the judge decides how many years he will have to
spend in prison will finally have an answer. let's take a closer look at how the charges against bradley manning actually break down so we have those graphics for you in just a moment the twenty there we go the twenty five year old was acquitted of the most serious charge against them of that of aiding the enemy which carried a potential life sentence but manning's release of classified documents also got him fifteen counts of espionage and theft of government property there was also a. fraud charge along with similar infractions that he committed while in the military at these charges and manning still faces more than one hundred thirty years behind bars well for a closer look at how the white house has used the espionage act in its war against whistleblowers here's our t. is going to check out. the espionage act was never intended to punish whistleblowers it's a nine hundred seventeen statute for spies for the obama administration has already charged eight whistleblowers with espionage and here's doing songs the man who gave
media pot form to bradley manning's revelations here's what he said about about the verdict this is the first. conviction against was united states it is a dangerous precedent and an example of national security extremism is a shortsighted judgment that cannot be tolerated and it must be reversed. it can never be. true to the public is and yet yet even in the face of those very serious charges whistleblowers keep coming forward with revelations about the government's wrongdoings as they see that bradley manning is example didn't stop edward snowden for example from doing what he did and the question now is to what lengths will the government go to stop the whistleblowers of the future prosecution evidence that were even claimed. came as a result of the man whose disclosures the only victim was the u.s.
government. but the abuse of this fine young man bradley manning was never the way to restore. the views of the business world with a sense of disco's. ministration has gone. unnoticed. of course we don't want to underestimate the fact that the military judge ruled that manning was not guilty of aiding the enemy but the obama administration's treatment of whistleblowers in general has already done a great disservice to investigative journalism especially to journalists who cover matters of national security many of them say their sources have dried out people in the government are afraid to speak up in the wake of bradley manning's leaks to the government came up with the so-called insider threat program under which government employees with clearances are basically encouraged than instructed to snitch on each other on top of that journalists learn that they can be targeted as
accomplices of a crime for seeking classified information and publishing it as is the case with julian assange remember julian assange is not a whistleblower he has provided media platform for whistleblowers and on the list and then most recently that was the fox news reporter who was investigated as an accomplice of a crime for having sought classified information so all of this is certainly sending a chilling message to the journalistic community here. bradley manning's espionage act conviction makes it likely that the u.s. could prosecute wiki leaks founder julian assange now that is according to his attorney and some civil rights groups political analyst mark mason weighs in this is really all about not only of course bradley manning but attack on journalism and we do leaks and julian are sorry that again we want to catch terror in a state court catatonic terror about wiki leaks that's really their goal really we
have a massive attack on free speech and on freedom of the press this comes back again the larger context here that we have only person in the court george bush should be sitting in acutely facing charges for look for each. bradley manning's case that sparked major concerns in the european union with lawmakers from all over the block calling on the u.s. to free the whistleblower i mean he's from france germany ireland croatia portugal spain and sweden have written an open letter to president obama and defense secretary chuck hagel now it says that manning was not a traitor that he had the best intentions of his country in mind that the e.u. representatives also expressed concern over the u.s. war on whistleblowers saying that in harms democracy both in america and in europe they're urging a stop to the persecution of bradley manning claiming that he has suffered too much spending over three years behind bars including ten months in solitary confinement
the message generally is manning should be freed as soon as possible and that's the view of some americans as artie's marine a partner i have found out. union square has been something of a stomping ground for bradley manning supporters in new york city you see over the years many rallies have been held here in honor of the army private first class intelligence analyst now manning has been found guilty of downloading and releasing confidential u.s. documents that subsequently disclosed illegal activity and crimes on the part of washington manning faces up to one hundred thirty six years in prison instead of telling you how the public is reacting to this news we're handing our microphone directly over to the citizens bradley manning didn't commit any crimes would be like is if you shot me and the camera man said hey i've got this footage of this crime and he. you know put it out there for justice and instead of trying you they try him and it doesn't make any sense it whether it's mr manning or snowden. i
think they're doing a good thing because the american people are basically enslaved and they're you know they're told what to do by the media and they follow orders it would appear to me that the manning verdict would be sending a message to edward snowden i'm sure he's listening told the news but our hands in russia don't matter you see their own. abide whatever we do i want to just salute broadly modern we were in support of you if you look at the apache helicopter video which probably the most famous one. for the american public at least know what this is actually going on the wall i think something needs to be done is far from a legal standpoint needs to be changed because like the american public needs to know about things like that now although manning has been acquitted of aiding the enemy charges he may be punished for the rest of his life for presenting the
american public with the truth reporting from new york for an up or nine heartache . well whether or not you agree with the voices on the streets of new york we here at r t want to give you a chance to have your say so you can log on online on our website r.t. dot com and cast your ballot let's take a look at how the voting has broken down so far so the vast majority of you almost eighty percent believe that if we count the court's decision is wrong and that private manning is a hero who should not have been found guilty fifteen percent of you think that he still deserves a suspended sentence of several years now just four percent believe that manning should go to jail for twenty years and the same number said that he deserves the death penalty or life in prison so it's not too late to vote on to r.t. dot com and cast your ballot if you haven't done so. now the u.n. said that manning could have been tortured while awaiting trial in solitary confinement for nearly a year but we can't make folks when kristen at rafah islam says that the prospect
of such treatment won't deter future was the blowers we have seen that despite the way that bradley manning was treated being tortured in prison in isolation in solitary confinement for almost a year it has not stopped whistleblowers and there are still brave people out there who act on their conscience and with the public interest in mind we have seen though a new era beginning and an expansion of the limits of journalism an era that began in earnest of course prior to two thousand and two with the weeklies revelation in two thousand and ten and the world sure a new opportunity and a chance for information getting out bypassing the mainstream media. lapdogs of the administrations instead of being the watchdogs they should be but the general counsel at the national was a blowing sound to her does not agree with that assessment david says that the government agencies are now in the act of lookout for was
a blowers which means they'll have a harder time revealing info to the public. there over reaction to the bradley manning case has been just to clamp down on or types of whistle blowing and that that's unfortunate there have been some advance moments in the law in the non national security or intelligence area but that's being to war if by the overreaction to this and also there's been an attack on the media there has been a chilling effect in the united states on whistleblowers as a result of the government's overreaction to this case and that has been throughout the federal government not just in the intelligence community but all government agencies have been faced with a crackdown on whistleblowers because the obama administration sent out a warning to all agencies to be on the lookout for leakers and to identify the
leakers before they happen in response to the manning case. manning sentence hearing is set to begin at thirteen thirty g.m.t. of course do make sure you're watching r t will have all those details for you from port made maryland. for me this is summer silencers. know that my. heart is still. there of muslim world is ablaze with conflict and turmoil be revolution civil wars or external meddling there can be no doubt this region will never be the same again it would also appear to be old meal colonial order for much of the region is coming to an end but what is replacing it is who is on the right side of history.
peace talks will shift from washington back to the region in about two weeks time but there's no compromise on the horizon just yet the two sides still have major disagreements on a number of issues including borders as well as security and washington says that the goal is to reach a final status agreement within nine months the goal is a so-called two state solution under which israel would coexist peacefully alongside a new palestinian state but the two sides will first have to tackle a number of burning issues israeli excited meant expansion the status of jerusalem and the fate of refugees the panels palestinians also want israel to return land and seized in one thousand nine hundred sixty seven ortiz polis lior has a story of one arab minority fighting for equal rights in israel. each weekend israelis flock to this truce village on the top of mount carmel the shops are busy the restaurants full and the laughs flow as freely as the wine there is very good restaurants here in the area it's very welcoming if you like to be a lot of love that brings it's great to make you feel really comfortable twelve
thousand inhabitants of a sphere village have opened their doors to tourists it's a way of bringing in cash while preserving the traditional druce lifestyle. kamel above owns a popular cafe that would not be out of place in tel aviv or any other israeli jewish city. the people who come here usually look for something with center something they can only find within the druze community what they don't look for and don't see is something just as authentic a community floundering under a lack of basic necessities the druze are an arabic speaking people who follow an offshoot of islam they hold a distinct place in israeli society as the only major non jewish community whose majority of members are drafted into the israeli army. has lived here for twenty years his home still has no electricity and only three years ago did he get running water i served in the army my kids will serve as well will live in israel but we don't receive what the israelis are getting i don't know why we don't ask for
special privileges just electricity crews and arab villages have always received less funding than jewish areas resulting in poor quality of education in arab schools and weak infrastructure and social services. our relationship with the jewish communities around us is perfectly fine no problem but our relationship with the israeli establishment is different for the trees people are not with the druze people we have difficulties on many levels first of all getting budgets approved for planning and then the planning itself. most of these raids who visit here are bolivia's to the problems and even those. you know prefer to look the other way i haven't heard my own so i myself don't know about it i read that there was some problems regarding some of the just the wind but i don't know if israel government really tried to do a lot yeah i heard about it i know the problem. a lot of problem and
through words. not rooted in. trouble building because limited space and building but it's not only about turning the other cheek and choosing not to see there are israelis i've spoken to who feel nothing about acting racist slurs about arabs and then eating and they restaurants but getting them to admit it on camera is almost impossible. the problem is not some isolated i know the language but they don't understand mine i served in the military i understand them but they sometimes come with certain prejudices about the druze and we surprise them behave like we know. but not enough and like it seems to stop them living in very different worlds . is fear a village in northern israel let's take a look at some of the stories we have for you on our website r.t. dot com including an italian village that faces the full force of mother nature tornado rips through the long haul that's causing millions of euros worth of damage
more footage that you're seeing right now available on our web site also. a man who flies besides planes in his own custom made jet pack. in motion section darted out calling for more videos. and i think you're. going to. the u.s. secretary of state john kerry is set to visit pakistan this week but that meeting of what the country's new government is shrouded in uncertainty with pakistani officials condemning the cia drone strikes that continue to be carried out on their
soil now some have claimed that rather than destroying the militant groups the unmanned attacks actually feed the extremists ranks well earlier my colleagues haven't spoke to us foreign policy analyst friend brand friend about kerry's visit and how drone politics are affecting the region. he himself just two years ago when he was the head of the senate foreign relations committee it correctly said that afghanistan is a sideshow and of the main event which is pakistan so he understands the importance of having good relations with pakistan and the first step to doing that is to end the drone strikes mediately because they've turned eighty percent of the population against the united states they strengthen the pakistan taliban and they've made it impossible for the us to cooperate with the pakistani government and safeco and its nuclear weapons he did touch on it just now i just want you to elaborate on it a bit more you said how much the population i guess naturally are against it more
and more then i guess it's driving a maybe into the hands of terrorists the pakistani taliban were far weaker in two thousand and three than they are today as a result of our drone strikes of we've put tens of thousands of people into the pakistani taliban and strengthen them and the pakistani government has not shown itself particularly capable of controlling them several dozen u.s. national security experts have said in very clear terms that these drone strikes are not harming the pakistani taliban but actually helping them recruit members this is a strategic catastrophe without parallel in american history. well time for a brief world update and we begin a three year old girl has been killed scores injured in brazil's city of rio de janeiro when a major high pressure water pipe ruptured the leaks swept away trees and cars and forced the evacuation of two hundred homes rescuers used inflatable boats to reach
stand stranded residents in the combo growing to district authorities have promised to we house the victims. gathered in london to protest against new cuts to public spending this time the government wants to slash the legal aid budget they want solicitors to get a fixed fee rather than payment for the work they put in it's feared that defense lawyers will start pushing for guilty pleas at any cost in order to save both time and money. and al qaeda linked group has claimed responsibility for a series of deadly bombings in iraq on monday sixty died in the nationwide attacks on meanly shia neighborhoods iraq's interior ministry has declared there is now an open war against insurgents in the country. while the e.u. is struggling to beef up its ailing banking system europe's smallest banks have been doing pretty well with no ambition of multi-million euro deals they are sometimes run by just one member of staff peter all over travel to
a small german village to meet one such banker. it's not all big city banks with bailouts bonuses and big shots in rural germany this small town has all its financial needs taken care of by just one man you constantly announce a new law here we can only concentrate on people from failed if you live ten kilometers away sorry you can't be a customer in fact the furthest away one of our customers lives is about seven hundred meters. with only nine hundred customers peter believes he can offer something that big banks can't. yes. people get a personal service here i know everyone who comes in of course i do they're my neighbors this means there is a big trust they aren't just a number or part of a money making machine. when our t. stopped buying at this one month bank we found that the man in charge wasn't alone the regulators were going through the books like they do in every other european
bank. once a year someone comes for four weeks i think it's a bit too long but hey that's the way it is even as we live more and more of our daily lives online and small towns like this one is still a place for the face to face because of punk sometimes i need to go to the city bands there are all run by machines don't even get me started on the internet the concept we have here is that we're members not costumers. it's hardly the most modern of operations opened at the end of the nineteenth century some of the equipment looks like it isn't much younger now wouldn't mind working on my predecessor had a quite specific grip you can see here over forty years he wore the paint away all the modern stuff doesn't look right here if it works why buy new. so how it all or. even the youngest in town
a case of for having their own individual money boxes to make sure they aren't sheepish about saving they even gets a lesson every now and again to make sure that they know that not everybody should be trusted not see it ok who wants to count your teacher's money you need me. he. that's right no it's twenty sure. ok you got me. to make everyone gets a lot. due to the cost of running them small rural banks of all but disappeared for most of germany but the people of the town of this failed want to hang on to this for many more years to come peter all of the south west germany. i'll be back in about thirty minutes time but prime interest is coming up do stay with us you're watching.
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more news today violence is once again flared up. these are the images from world you've been seeing from the streets of canada. giant corporations are on the day. that afternoon and welcome to private interests i'm harry i'm boring and i'm bob inglis let's get serious today's headline. it's official what bitcoins are under intense scrutiny and thailand the central the central bank of the former kingdom of siam said big points are not a currency and the nation's a legal infrastructure which includes capital controls simply does not have a place for big coins so it's illegal for tie residents to buy sell or trade the crypto non currency in this issue and try authority said bitcoins cannot be moved
into or out of the country rendering any current stockpiles worthless just contemplate that for a moment apparently alaska senator ted stevens internet tubes simply don't exist in thailand which you would think renders the entire argument moot of course it doesn't so up next with senate laws gravity when here in the us the big points immunity is getting proactive about getting ahead at such legal threats there is now a committee for the establishment of the digital assets transfer authority or data that is working with regulators and authorities in fact there is another big conference going on today and we'll be covering these issues and this week and the meantime i'll be breaking down and other legal issue the volcker rule and just a bit and i'll be talking to richard wolffe about dysfunctional detroit in just a minute and speaking of dysfunction or capital markets might have a shining night we'll have to see but there's a new exchange in town. and it's expressly designed for large investors who do not
want to be gamed by high frequency trading so instead of allowing client computers to sit right next to the extreme his own servers will be in the super building so instead of a delay of ten millionth of a second the current industry standard the delay will be three hundred fifty million sort of seriously folks this is what trading has come to. and this is what's in your prime interest. or. little. detroit's historic eighteen billion dollars bankruptcy has highlighted issues of inequality the divide in detroit between the city were per capita income is fifteen thousand.